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Welcome to the official website of Furness Railway Number 20,
Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive.

Crest of the Furness Railway Trust


Registered Charity 1005211


Visit our new weekly blog for all the latest news about what we've been up to!

Photo courtesy of Nathan Evan Gibson


Welcome to the award-winning official website for the Furness Railway Trust.

For the latest on what we - and our locomotives and carriages - have been up to, visit our weekly blog.

The FRT owns Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive, Furness Railway Number 20, GWR duo 0-6-2T 5643 and 4979 "Wootton Hall", Austerity "Cumbria" and our vintage train.

We are based in the North West of England but our locomotives and carriages are found at heritage railway sites nationwide.

Our fund-raising and your support keeps us going. Why not Gift Aid a donation?!

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Website by Neil Smith and Mike Rigg

Colours used are original to the Furness Railway Company paint scheme.

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Website last updated: 10th February 2014

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5643 is gearing up for its first steaming on the Bluebell Railway.  The Taffy Tank is due to haul passenger trains at the Bluebell Railway for the rest of 2014. This is hot on the heels of a starring role at the Great Central Railway's Winter Steam Gala in January.

Meanwhile work is advancing to return "Cumbria" to steam in 2014 as extensive specialist boiler repairs are coming to completion, whilst work continues installing new pistons.

And FR Number 20 is entering its 151st year, again based at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham.

Preston Branch Talk Cancelled
Sadly the February talk has had to be cancelled. There has recently been a change of landlady at our venue, the Bitter Suite pub, and the meeting room is not yet available under the new regieme.